Show the kids a real-life SnowCastle even Elsa would envy in Kemi, Finland. Opening Jan. 20, 2018, guests go beyond the solid white snow walls to explore the SnowCastle, made entirely of snow and ice. The snow and ice used to shape the incredible and functional art was made entirely of salty seawater.
Located in Kemi along the frozen sea, the castle is open from the end of January until mid-April. Complete with a SnowRestaurant, chapel and hotel, the SnowCastle is a one-stop shop for unique winter fun and events. Take a seat at the SnowRestaurant with nearly 200 other guests or pop into the SnowChapel for photos—that’s if there isn’t already a wedding.
The SnowHotel’s unique and completely custom decorations and snow rooms provide guests with the ultimate snowy stay. Take an Arctic adventure to Finland and check out the enormous SnowCastle, unique accommodations and winter activities for cold weather-loving families and guests.
For a limited time this winter, you and the family can spend the night in an ice hotel. Open Dec. 15–22 and again Dec. 28–30, Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in Alta, Norway, is the word’s northernmost ice hotel. Pack your long underwear, thermal everything and layer up for a unique family stay.
Each year, the ice hotel showcases an original Arctic theme providing a unique experience every time. Book ice excursions by day from snowmobiling and dog sledding to reindeer sledding and ice fishing. Take a guided tour of the pristine landscape surrounding and take a riverboat adventure.
After a day out exploring the snow and ice, head back to the igloo for special cocktails and artful cuisine. Unwind in the warmth and quiet atmosphere of the hotel living room after dinner. Bundle up and zip into the thermal sleeping bags for a warm and cozy sleep in your own family igloo.
For those who just want a peek at the igloo and not a full night’s stay, check out the daily ticket and tour options. Visit the Igloo Hotel for a drink in an ice glass and a tour of the impressive space.
Part of a family who just loves a good scare or ghost story? This fall, wherever your travels might take you, chances are you’ll be near an Omni hotel or resort with a history of haunted sightings and other scary happenings. So, why not learn a bit about where you’re staying to make the experience all the more eerie …
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Overshadowed by nearby Portland and overlooked by tourists bound for the popular coastal towns of Camden and Boothbay Harbor, Brunswick is not on the radar of most family travelers in Maine. But couples looking for a cozy getaway will find fine dining, antiques, art and quiet streets for strolling, many lined by distinguished homes and well-kept gardens.
Not quite ready to say goodbye to summer? If the weather is forcing you to head indoors, you can still take advantage of a few opportunities to splash around in the waves, without even being that far from the beach — thanks to the world’s largest indoor beachfront waterpark, which opened this summer in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Halloween is right around the corner, which means its time to start making plans for spooky and scary stops for having fun with the family this fall. New York’s Cayuga County is always a fun visit for family travelers, but if you plan on being in the area this October, you will definitely want to explore its haunted history with some choice spots along New York’s Haunted History Trail. This curated list of haunted and spooky stops throughout New York features incredible locations showcasing the perfect combination of the state’s beautiful charm and fascinating history.